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Old 03-15-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Horrific Crash into the Back of a Tractor Trailer

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A fortunate Chevy Corvette Z06 driver in California last week came away from a horrifying crash with only a few scrapes and a story he'll never forget after smashing into the rear of a semi trailer exactly the kind of crash that a new report says results in death too often, due to lax standards for the trailer guards that are supposed to protect drivers.

This accident, caught by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Interstate 405, wasn't fatal thanks to the Corvette driver ducking just as his car rammed into the rear of the moving van. As the pictures from the department's Flickr page show, the Vette was destroyed by the impact, as the car dove under the trailer nearly into its rear axle. In the photo above, you can see the trailer guard jutting from the wreckage of the Corvette, which it sliced like a mandoline.

Those underride guards are mandated by the United States and Canada on all semitrailers to help prevent such accidents, and according to new research from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, they usually do a better job of stopping cars. Such crashes claimed 280 lives in the United States in 2011, the most recent data available, and by the IIHS' reckoning, most were due to cars sliding under trailers.

But the IIHS says those guards perform far worse when a vehicle strikes them off-center. To demonstrate, it staged several crash tests using parked trailers from eight manufacturers and 2010 Chevy Malibus ramming them at 35 mph. All passed the full-on tests, and seven of eight successfully handled crashes where the car hit just one half of the trailer.



When the IIHS toughened the test further so that the car struck only 30 percent of the trailers' width, all but one allowed the Malibus to plow underneath, with damage that would have been catastrophic to people in real-world accidents. The one trailer that passed the test used mounts for its underride guards that were closer to the trailer's edge, providing a stronger brace. According to the IIHS, the trailer itself also suffered the least damage of any in that test, requiring only a new guard.

The institute has asked U.S. auto safety regulators to toughen standards, and trailer manufacturers have begun changing their designs in response to the IIHS campaign. But those changes will take years to filter into the fleet of semi trailers on the road; until then, it's best to avoid tailgating, and hope if you too have an accident, there's time to duck.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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Apparently the Vette owner needs the "How's my driving" bumper sticker...
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Easy. Don't crash into the back of a big rig.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #8
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Easy. Don't crash into the back of a big rig.
+this

How is it the fault of the design of the trailer? People get killed wrapping their car around a tree - do we ban all trees? People die slamming into telephone poles, do we re-design telephone poles to break-away? Sometimes it just sucks to hit a solid, non-moving target and when you do, it may not turn out well.
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^ then why advance safety in automobiles at all?
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^ then why advance safety in automobiles at all?
To give him the benefit of the doubt, the crash may have been unavoidable but chances are that the crash was a direct result of him being an idiot. A big rig doesn't just jump out and stop in front of you.
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To give him the benefit of the doubt, the crash may have been unavoidable but chances are that the crash was a direct result of him being an idiot. A big rig doesn't just jump out and stop in front of you.
I have to agree. They're not exactly inconspicuous.

But with that being said...fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. That dude is lucky. Like...really...really...lucky
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I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you meant to include that word.
"Not unavoidable?"



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But those changes will take years to filter into the fleet of semi trailers on the road; until then, it's best to avoid tailgating, and hope if you too have an accident, there's time to duck.
Yeah, until then. But once we get those changes filtered out into the fleet, then tailgating will be just fine.

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The low profile of the corvette doesn't help out the situation either. The car is sliding right underneath the guard, if it was a different car or an SUV I'd imagine there would be greater chances of survival.
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I just made an appointment to have an MRI performed at my local hospital. I hope it's not a tumor.
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I just made an appointment to have an MRI performed at my local hospital. I hope it's not a tumor.
Hopefully they catch it early so it doesn't become cancel.
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My uncle drove his MG under a trailer while taking a girl out on their first date when he was in high school. It sheared the roof off (convertible) and neither of them were hurt because they ducked down. Apparently the car went out the other side.
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That driver is lucky his seat position/car was so low. If that had been a passenger sedan, his head would have separated from his body. I've been following IIHS's underride protection study pretty closely since day 1. It's a shame so many semi trucks are deficient in this particular area.
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Wow...that man should never gamble or buy a lotto ticket again he just used up all of his luck surviving that crash.
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Hopefully they catch it early so it doesn't become cancel.
Brain cancel would be devastating
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